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International technology group ANDRITZ has recently started up the world’s first biomethanol plant using ANDRITZ’s self-developed A-Recovery+ concept at the Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in southeastern Sweden.
The plant has an annual production capacity of 6.3 million liters of biomethanol from forest biomass. The fossil-free biomethanol can be used for applications in the pulp mill itself, or as a substitute for fossil-based methanol in the transport sector (biodiesel) and as a chemical base substance. The ANDRITZ delivery to Södra included proprietary process design and full EPC delivery, excluding automation, instrumentation, electrification and civil works.
The A-Recovery+ concept from ANDRITZ delivers commercial grade biomethanol by using a patented extraction process. It offers next-generation solutions for the chemical recovery cycle of pulp mills, with the target of utilizing the pulp mill side streams to the maximum extent possible. In addition to biomethanol production, A-Recovery+ also produces sulfuric acid from odorous gases and recovers lignin for the production of high-quality lignin to be used in advanced bioproducts.
With this first ever fossil-free biomethanol plant worldwide, ANDRITZ is strongly supporting Södra’s ambitions to make its operations entirely fossil-free and be climate-positive by the end of this decade. To achieve this aim, Södra is aiming at eliminating fossil fuel use throughout its operations and producing innovative products that replace fossil-based raw materials.
The Austrian government has adopted further measures to stop the coronavirus from spreading. These measures also affect the Annual General Meeting of ANDRITZ AG on March 25, 2020.
From today’s perspective, it will not be possible, according to the new regulations, to hold an Annual General Meeting if more than 100 people attend.
The Executive Board will make every effort to hold the Annual General Meeting on March 25, 2020, subject to any further measures and restrictions imposed by the authorities, also because a dividend can only be paid to the shareholders if the Annual General Meeting adopts a resolution to this effect.
However, the shareholders’ health must be our highest priority. That is why we recommend the shareholders of ANDRITZ AG to designate Dr. Michael Knap as voting proxy, bound by instructions, instead of personally attending the Annual General Meeting. A special proxy form can be downloaded below.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow any guests to attend either. The traditional buffet after the Annual General Meeting has been canceled. If necessary, we will also make arrangements to keep the number of persons in any one room to the limit permitted.
We kindly ask for your understanding concerning these precautions in the interests of our shareholders’ safety and of holding the Annual General Meeting on March 25, 2020 in accordance with the restrictions applied by the Austrian government.
Depending on how the situation develops, ANDRITZ AG also reserves the right to implement further security measures in coordination with the authorities and to cancel the Annual General Meeting at short notice.
The ANDRITZ AG Executive Board kindly asks for your understanding concerning these measures and repeats its request not to attend the Annual General Meeting personally and to make use of a voting proxy instead.
Below you can download important information:
- ENCLOSURES OF ITEM 1 OF THE AGENDA:
- Annual financial report 2019
- Financial statement of ANDRITZ AG 2019 (German only)
- Corporate Governance report 2019
- Proposal for the use of the net earnings
- Report of the Supervisory Board
- ENCLOSURES OF ITEM 7 OF THE AGENDA:
- Wolfgang BERNHARD: Declaration pursuant to § 87 (2) AktG & Curriculum vitae
- Overview Supervisory Board meetings and Committee meetings 2019
- ENCLOSURE OF ITEM 8 OF THE AGENDA:
- Remuneration policy of ANDRITZ AG
- Supplement to the ANDRITZ remuneration policy
- ENCLOSURES OF ITEM 9 OF THE AGENDA:
- ANDRITZ Stock Option Program 2020
- Explanations and comments on the ANDRITZ 2020 Stock Option Program
International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Guangxi Guoxu Group Co., Ltd. to supply a pressurized refining system for their MDF production line in Wuzhou City, Guangxi Province. This will be the largest system ever installed in China, with a capacity of 45 bdmt/h and including an S2064M refiner. Start-up of the equipment is scheduled for the end of 2020.
The proven ANDRITZ equipment will process 60% eucalyptus and 40% pine and hardwood as raw materials. Its state-of-the-art design ensures best fiber quality at very low energy demand. The ANDRITZ refiner supplied is characterized by its long-lasting and proven bearing design, with many successful references around the globe.
The exceptional technological solutions proposed by ANDRITZ as well as the well-established service availability of ANDRITZ in China, with a service and spare part hub located in Foshan, were key in awarding the order to ANDRITZ.
“This project aims at the high-end fiberboard market, which requires excellent fiber quality. ANDRITZ has a globally leading position in fiber preparation and a strong market share. In this project, ANDRITZ introduced the advanced concept of pulping and papermaking into fiber preparation, and we believe that it will take the industry to a higher level in fiber quality and energy savings. We hope to work closely with ANDRITZ to become the benchmark in the industry and provide society with high-end fiberboard products,” says Li Xiaobo, General Manager of the Gouxu Group. “ANDRITZ refiners have a high market share in the world’s wood-based panel industry. We trust in their technology, products and services,” adds Vice General Manager Li Yongqiang.
This order once more demonstrates ANDRITZ’s strong position in the Chinese panelboard industry, with more than 170 references.
The Guoxu Group, headquartered in Nanning, is one of the largest wood-based panel industry groups in China, integrating R&D, production and sales of wood-based panels, and operates seven production sites in China.
International technology Group ANDRITZ will install an OCC line with a design capacity of 870 admt/d at United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc. (UPPC), Calumpit mill, Bulacan, Philippines. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.
The new line will process OCC (Old Corrugated Cardboard) as raw material to produce corrugated medium. The pulping system comprises an ANDRITZ FibreSolve FSR pulper with FibreGuard detrashing system. The innovative layout of the detrashing system features an elevated FibreGuard detrasher above the drum screen, type ANDRITZ FibreWashDrum, to ensure easy and efficient reject removal. Fractionators and fine screens will be equipped with newly developed PrimeRotors to remove stickies efficiently and at lower energy consumption compared to conventional rotor types.
With this turnkey project, UPPC’s parent company, Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd., which is part of the well-known SCG Group, once again affirms the long-term cooperation between Siam Kraft Industry and ANDRITZ (China) Ltd., which has already supplied two complete new lines and rebuilt several OCC systems for Siam Kraft Industry. ANDRITZ (China) Ltd. will also supply the complete detailed engineering as well as reject equipment.
ANDRITZ’s innovative technologies and the excellent performance of the OCC lines previously supplied were the decisive criteria for the repeat order.
SCG Packaging is a leading manufacturer of high-quality packaging paper in Thailand, the largest manufacturer in Southeast Asia and operates mills in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from MOPAK Kağıt Karton, Turkey, to rebuild paper machine PM3 at its mill in Dalaman, Turkey. With this rebuild, which is the first part of a multi-stage project, the capacity of the mill will be increased to 500,000 t/a. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
Production will be converted from coated board grades to lightweight coated and uncoated White Top Testliner with high strength and gloss values, as well as coated board and gray board, using 100% wastepaper or partially wastepaper. In addition, PM3 will be able to produce virgin pulp-based light/heavy coated and uncoated board as well as offset printing papers. The machine has a working width of 4.34 m and a design speed of 600 m/min.
Mr. Ruhi Molay, Managing Director of MOPAK Kağıt Karton, says: “The upgraded PM3 offers us a new dimension. The rebuild will not only increase our capacity, but also our flexibility as we will be able to offer board grades for a broad range of applications.”
The Mopak Group, which began paper production 94 years ago, is one of the largest paper and cardboard manufacturers in the Middle East and the Balkans today and a leading supplier to the Turkish paper and cardboard sector.
International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) to supply a complete recovery island for its mill in Mondipatti Village, Tamil Nadu, India. Start-up is scheduled for early 2021.
The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes:
- A HERB recovery boiler with a capacity of 950 tds/d on EPC basis, with a provision for upgrade to 1,100 tds/d in the future
- An evaporation plant with a capacity of 260 t/h on EPC basis, which will concentrate black liquor to a final dry solids content of 75%
- A white liquor plant containing
- A recausticizing plant (2,600 m3/day white liquor production) on EPS basis
- A lime kiln (250 t/d) on EPC basis.
This investment is part of TNPL’s mill expansion plans to further strengthen its position in the printing and writing paper segment. TNPL is a leading producer of paper and board based on bagasse – a sugar cane residue. The mill’s “Unit II” produces multi-layer coated board for use in pharmaceutical, health care, food, cosmetics and consumer packaging applications.
The recovery island to be supplied by ANDRITZ incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, thus ensuring highest energy efficiency and optimum environmental protection. ANDRITZ HERB recovery boilers maximize the use of thermal energy while efficiently recovering cooking chemicals. The latest ANDRITZ technology for evaporation plants ensures optimum reuse of condensates with minimum energy consumption, while the white liquor plant will recycle and reuse the mill’s process streams in order to minimize waste.
ANDRITZ Brasil Ltda., part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order to supply dynamic simulation solutions for Klabin’s Puma II pulp mill project in Ortigueira, Paraná, Brazil.
ANDRITZ Automation will be responsible for development of the dynamic simulation models, DCS checkout (DCS logic test and validation) and operator training simulator (OTS). ANDRITZ’s proprietary simulation tool IDEAS™ will be used to model the recovery boiler #2 and power boiler #2 supplied by ANDRITZ and the evaporator #2 supplied by another vendor. The simulated models will be used to test and verify process design concepts, identify and correct errors in the control logic and provide realistic, hands-on training modules for the operators, helping Klabin to achieve a faster and smoother start-up. In addition, the simulator will allow training of operators on the core processes in a risk-free environment prior to operating the actual plant.
“The well proven ANDRITZ IDEAS simulation tool has been used during commissioning, start-up and training in almost all pulp & paper greenfield projects in Brazil since 2002. We are very proud that Klabin decided again to choose IDEAS as the main simulation tool for the Puma II project. IDEAS’ incomparable technology, its unique training platform as well as the outstanding results from the Puma°I project, where ANDRITZ supplied simulation tools for key process areas in addition to major equipment and technologies, were decisive in award of the order to ANDRITZ,” says Leonardo Alves, Application and Sales Manager in Brazil for the Automation division. “Today, IDEAS software is also used to create digital twins of client mills. These digital twins run online. This kind of application can be used to measure the conditions and/or physical characteristics of a process and provide virtual measurements where real-world measurements are impossible, thus real-time plant optimization has become a reality,” he concludes.
For Klabin’s Puma II project, ANDRITZ will supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment, including the wood processing plant, recovery boiler, power boiler and white liquor plant.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched its new PrimeLineVRT – Vertical CrescentFormer – tissue machine for the production of dry crepe tissue.
The PrimeLineVRT features a vertical CrescentFormer in the forming section that enhances dewatering of the fiber web. This enables higher dryness right after the press section and an increase in paper caliper. Depending on the grade and basis weight of the paper produced, between two and four additional percentage points of dryness can be achieved after the press section compared to standard CrescentFormer configurations.
“The advantage of this new technology is that we do not need additional fabrics and fabric loops or any extra space in the basement for installation of the equipment.This results in lower building costs as well as easier operation and maintenance compared to similar technologies on the market,” says Stefano Marenco, Director of PrimeLineTIAC and R&D Tissue at ANDRITZ.
The PrimeLineVRT was developed and extensively tested at the ANDRITZ Tissue Innovation and Application Center in Graz, Austria. With this new technology that is tailormade for significant improvement of dry crepe production, ANDRITZ once again confirms its strong position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of innovative key components used in conventional to ultra-premium grades within the tissue industry.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineTM W6 tissue machine, including stock preparation, re-evaporation plant, hall-ventilation, automation, and electrification, at Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC in Vorsino (Kaluga region), Russia.
The ANDRITZ tissue machine – with a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a paper width of 5.6 m – produces high-quality facial, toilet, napkin, and kitchen towel grades made of 100% virgin pulp. The combination of a 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee and the latest PrimePress XT Evo shoe press technology enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings and operational flexibility compared to systems with conventional presses and cast Yankee dryers. The re-evaporation system that feeds energy back to the production process enables additional savings.
The scope of supply also included stock preparation with an approach flow system. The centerpiece of the stock preparation line is the ANDRITZ Papillon refiner, which treats fibers gently in the cylindrical refining zone in order to achieve superior fiber properties at low energy consumption. ANDRITZ also provided process pumps, piping, instrumentation, electrification and automation as well as on-site services.
This successful start-up confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.
International technology group ANDRITZ was selected by UPM, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, to supply energy-efficient and environmentally leading equipment and processes for all main process islands in fiber production and chemical recovery for their new pulp mill to be built near Paso de los Toros in central Uruguay.
This world-class eucalyptus pulp mill will have an annual production capacity of 2.1 million tonnes and is scheduled for start-up in the second half of 2022.
The core equipment supplied by ANDRITZ will originate largely from Finland and thus will have a significant positive employment impact on employment for ANDRITZ’s staff there as well as on the ANDRITZ workshops where a large part of the core equipment for this contract will be manufactured.
The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes the following:
- A complete Wood Processing Plant maximizing utilization of various eucalyptus species.
- The world’s largest single-line Fiberline, including state-of-the-art LoSolids continuous cooking with efficient heat recovery and unique washing and bleaching technology based on DD-Washers, all contributing towards high-quality pulp, highest operational time, and low chemical consumption, thus having lowest environmental impact.
- A new and innovative EvoDry Pulp Drying System with two energy-efficient pulp drying lines based on the high-capacity Twin Wire Former technology.
- An energy-efficient black liquor Evaporation Plant with a tailor-made process solution resulting in high availability and increasing the overall production and efficiency of the plant.
- The HERB Recovery Boiler features energy-efficient flue gas cooling and feed water preheating technologies to maximize steam production for power generation. The state-of-the-art HERB Recovery Boiler is designed for extended operating periods.
- A biomass Power Boiler based on high-quality ANDRITZ EcoFluid Bubbling Fluidized Bed (BFB) technology. The scope of supply includes a biomass-fired boiler with flue gas cleaning and other auxiliary equipment. The Power Boiler also supplies steam for the mill during start-up. The fuels used are bark, harvesting residues and sludges from the mill.
- A complete White Liquor Plant. The new recausticizing plant includes efficient green liquor filtration with LimeGreen filters – producing clean green liquor and minimizing waste to landfill. The new lime kiln plant includes two lime kilns with high-efficiency ANDRITZ LimeCools.
This major order once again confirms the excellent and long-term business relationship between ANDRITZ and UPM. ANDRITZ also supplied a complete pulp mill in Fray Bentos, Uruguay, which was started up successfully in 2007 and is now owned by UPM.